I met Len Pyne in 1960 when I became CBC’s second basketball
coach. Len assisted me for seven seasons when together we won five
straight NWAACC basketball championships from 1961-66 and finished seven
seasons with a record of 155-33.
He was also my athletic
director. Len directed the athletic fortunes through the most
successful period in the history of the league. During the “Hawk Years,”
as those who were there fondly remember those years, we won more league
championships than any other community college in history of the
league. We dominated the league in football, basketball, baseball,
wrestling and won a golf championship as well.
We have been friends ever since. The world has lost a great coach,
and Columbia Basin College has lost one of its greatest contributors to
its dramatic increase in its athletic reputation during those formative
years. Those of who are still here will miss him and his smile and when
he used to say, “Would you ground sluice a goose?” He was one of a
Jim Rodgers, Westminster, Colo.
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